ACA Launches Jim Rome Letter-Writing Campaign In Response To "Vicious" Statements Against Chiropractic
The American Chiropractic Association is urging doctors of chiropractic nationwide to launch a letter-writing campaign to sports radio personality Jim Rome, who made vicious comments against the chiropractic profession on his Aug. 15 radio broadcast. The ACA
is also asking doctors to send letters voicing their outrage to program directors at radio stations that air the Jim Rome show, as well as major advertisers on the program.
Jim Rome is one of the nation's top sports personalities. His nationally syndicated radio show airs on 130 stations throughout the United States and Canada. Jim Rome is also the host of Fox Sports "The Last Word" show that features candid interviews with some of America's top sports figures.
On his Aug. 15 radio show, Rome referred to chiropractors as "witch doctors," and claimed that they "ruin people's spines for a living" so that patients will have to keep coming back to their offices. In addition, he compared chiropractors to palm and tarot card readers, and referred to them as "veterinary school rejects," among other derogatory statements. Rome challenged the profession to name one other health care professional that offers services in a shopping mall.
In response, ACA
sent a strongly worded letter to Rome pointing out the long list of health care services offered in shopping malls and grocery stores--such as flu shots, blood sugar tests, cholesterol screenings and a host of others. ACA
also took Rome to task for his vicious statements and expressed his surprise that a sports personality could be so out of touch with the importance of chiropractic in the world of sports. ACA
also challenged Rome to set the record straight by interviewing Dr. Alan Sokoloff, official chiropractor for the world champion Baltimore Ravens, or Dr. Ralph Filson, Mark McGwire's personal chiropractor and the official chiropractor for the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams, on either his radio or television program.
urges doctors nationwide to let Jim Rome know that the chiropractic profession will no longer allow comments such as his to go unchallenged. Write, fax or call the Jim Rome show with your own comments, or use ACA
's letter of response as an example. In addition, express your outrage to radio program directors and advertisers affiliated with the Jim Rome show. Let them know that the nation's 60,000 doctors of chiropractic and their tens of millions of patients will not tolerate this type of unwarranted attack. Contact information for the Jim Rome show appears below. For a copy of ACA
’s letter to Jim Rome, as well as a list of radio program directors and major advertisers, visit ACA
’s Web site at http://www.acatoday.com/media/letters/jim_rome.html.